Derrick Rose might have future in coaching
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org April 25, 2013 11:13PM
Bulls guard Derek Rose offers some instruction from the Bulls bench in the second quarter of game three between the Chicago Bulls and the Brooklyn Nets first round playoff series April 25, 2013 at the United Center. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: May 2, 2013 8:27PM
At the beginning of the season, Tom Thibodeau half-joked that Derrick Rose’s basketball acumen was such that he could see him wearing a shirt and tie on the sidelines one day, coaching an NBA team.
Who would have guessed that time is now?
But that’s what Rose has been doing in the first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, grabbing guys as they come off the court to offer advice.
“He’s a great leader,’’ Thibodeau said. “He’s been here every day. He’s been practicing with us. You guys don’t see him in the locker room. He’s doing all the things he can do. His role right now is to support his teammates. And that’s what he’s doing.’’
He’s doing more than supporting them.
Rose said last month when he was spending games in the locker room that he would talk to teammates when they would come in for halftime, giving them tips, advice and anything else he saw.
“It’s been helping me out a lot,’’ Rose said of all the watching he has been doing as he recovers from knee surgery in May. “The game is definitely going to slow down for me. Just watching the game enough, seeing all the coaches. So I’m looking at all their tendencies. It’s definitely going to help me with the play calls when I come back on the defensive end.’’
Thibodeau and the Bulls are holding out hope that Rose can use his knowledge during the playoffs, even though Thibodeau said last week that the MVP point guard is “most likely out’’ for the postseason.
“We’ve said this all along,’’ Thibodeau reiterated after the shootaround Thursday. “If he’s ready to come back, he’s coming back. And that’s no matter when it is. If it’s a week from now, great. If it’s not, then that’s fine, too. We just have to keep moving forward.’’
If Rose remains another voice on the bench for his teammates, they’ll be listening.
“Maybe it’s better to see him on the bench, with us,’’ guard Marco Belinelli said. “But same thing, when he wasn’t on the bench, he was the same person. Try to help each other.’’